Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Third Day of the Fast of Transfiguration
 I myself am satisfied about you, my brethren, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to instruct one another.
 But on some points I have written to you very boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given me by God
 to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
 In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to be proud of my work for God.
 For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has wrought through me to win obedience from the Gentiles, by word and deed,
 by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Holy Spirit, so that from Jerusalem and as far round as Illyr’icum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ,
 thus making it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on another man’s foundation,
 but as it is written, “They shall see who have never been told of him,
and they shall understand who have never heard of him.”
 This is the reason why I have so often been hindered from coming to you.
 But now, since I no longer have any room for work in these regions, and since I have longed for many years to come to you,
 I hope to see you in passing as I go to Spain, and to be sped on my journey there by you, once I have enjoyed your company for a little.
 At present, however, I am going to Jerusalem with aid for the saints.
 For Macedo’nia and Acha’ia have been pleased to make some contribution for the poor among the saints at Jerusalem;
 they were pleased to do it, and indeed they are in debt to them, for if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material blessings.
 When therefore I have completed this, and have delivered to them what has been raised, I shall go on by way of you to Spain;
 and I know that when I come to you I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of Christ.
 And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon.
 And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon.”
 But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying after us.”
 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
 But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.”
 And he answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”
 She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”
 Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.
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